We bring you a regular little round up of cool things we've seen on the internet we think you might like. You know, just to keep you in the loop...
First up this week, Robowood. Curated by product designer and architect Alexander Kanygin, Robowood is a collaborative project between architects, artists and art critics. Participants were set a challenge to each create a futuristic looking object with a specific function but measuring no more than 30cms x 30cms x 30cms. The result? A little army of wooden robots - all designed to do different tasks around the house! The 'robots' themselves are handcrafted from wood by Alexander Kanygin himself and they're all useful in their own way. There's an extension cable, a battery recycling bin, a napkin holder (all pictured) plus tonnes more including a comb, a hanger and a mirror. You can see the full collection here. Super-cool.
Welcome to the cheerful, colourful world of Mary & Matt - aka artist and illustrator Mary Matson and her husband and collaborator, Matt. When in need of a little blast of upbeat colour, a visit to @maryandmatt's Instagram feed transports you to their creative studio in sunny California. It's fast becoming one of our favourite online destinations! We're especially in love with the recurring hand-painted pebble posts. An excellent idea for a summertime kids activity? Yes!
Oh, we just cannot resist a beautifully designed building block... KUUM is our current crush. The collection of colourful wooden blocks was created in collaboration between Japanese company Felissimo and Portland-based creative agency, monogato. There are 12 different sets to collect, each containing 12 individual blocks in different shapes and colours. Sets are inspired by the elements and nature and have names like 'Fire', 'Flower', 'Mountain', 'Ice', 'Moon' and 'Sun'. 'Sand' (below) is up there with our favourites... Find out more about KUUM here.